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    Good luck on cutting the military spending. Gates pledges to secure steady growth of Pentagon's budget.

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates hosted a meeting with the nation's top defense company executives Wednesday, stressing the need for a closer partnership with them and pledging to work with the White House to secure steady growth in the Pentagon's budgets over time, according to his spokesman.

    The conversation follows news reports that the defense budget will swell from $636.3 billion to a request for $708 billion in the next fiscal year, plus an additional $33 billion to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Gates's meeting was part of a day-long session between Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn, Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter and the Aerospace Industries Association, the top trade group for American aerospace firms. The heads of the nation's top two defense firms – Lockheed Martin and Boeing – attended, said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell.

    Link - linked from the Greenwald article noted in this story by mcjoan.

    East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet ... Kipling

    by truong son traveler on Tue Jan 26, 2010 at 04:09:07 PM PST

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